Interpol (film)

Interpol known in the USA as Pickup Alley is a 1957 British Warwick Films film noir crime film shot in CinemaScope starring Victor Mature, Anita Ekberg, Trevor Howard, Bonar Colleano and Sid James.[1] It concerns an Interpol effort to stamp out a major drug-smuggling cartel in numerous countries around the world. Victor Mature plays a US narcotics officer, with Trevor Howard as a drug baron. One reviewer described the film as a "feeble thriller", although it praised the performance of Howard.[2] In the United States it was released as a double feature with The Brothers Rico.[3]

Original US film poster
Directed byJohn Gilling
Produced byAlbert R. Broccoli
Irving Allen
Written byJohn Paton
Based onInterpol
1955 novel
by A.J. Forrest
StarringVictor Mature
Anita Ekberg
Trevor Howard
Music byRichard Rodney Bennett
CinematographyTed Moore
Edited byRichard Best
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
2 April 1957
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

Charles Sturgis (Victor Mature) is an FBI agent on the trail of a drug smuggling operation, following his quarry all over the Continent. The criminal mastermind Frank McNally (Trevor Howard) is something of a lunatic, who has already strangled Mature's sister to death just for the hell of it. Gina Broger (Anita Ekberg) is Frank's luscious courier.[4]



The film was made by Warwick Productions, who had previously shot Zarak. starring Victor Mature and Anita Ekberg. Michael Wilding was originally announced for the role later played by Trevor Howard.[5]

The story was based on the files of the International Criminal Police Commission. Shooting took place in New York, Paris, Rome, Genoa (Italy), Madrid, London and Athens beginning 15 August 1956.[6]

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  2. Radio Times Guide to Films (2004). p. 708
  5. Drama: 'Interpol' on Schedule for Wilding; Richards Booming; Elliott Sleuth Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 Mar 1956: 13.
  6. GREGORY TO FILM NOVEL BY KANTOR: Producer Will Make 'On My Honor' From 'God and My Country' for R.K.O. Warwick Signs Two Of Local Origin By OSCAR GODBOUT Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 23 June 1956: 15.

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